Gaunt Family History

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Gaunt Name Meaning

habitational name from Ghent in Flanders, from which many wool workers and other skilled craftsmen migrated to England in the early Middle Ages. The surname is found most commonly in West Yorkshire, around Leeds. The Flemish place name is first recorded in Latin documents as Gandi and Gandavum; it is apparently of Celtic origin, but of uncertain meaning. from a nickname from Middle English gaunt ‘thin’, ‘wasted’, ‘haggard’ (of uncertain, possibly Scandinavian, origin). variant of Gant.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Gant, Gault, Gent, Daunt, Glunt, Bunt, Gauna, Baust, Sant, Baune

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Gaunt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gaunt name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gaunt. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gaunt Family Origin

Where is the Gaunt family from?

Gaunt Family Occupations

What did your Gaunt ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gaunt family was Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gaunt. The most common Gaunt occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Gaunt's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer


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Gaunt Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 80,000 census records available for the last name Gaunt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gaunt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Gaunt. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Gaunt. For the veterans among your Gaunt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gaunt Life Expectancy

What is the average Gaunt lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gaunt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Gaunt in 1941 was 50, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gaunt

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gaunt ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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